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Archive for April, 2007

April 30, 2007

Xiao Long Bao – Shanghai Steamed Soup Dumplings

Inspired by Bon Appetit’s May issue featuring Xiao Long Bao and deliciously elegant Kuidaore, I decided to try making XLB for the first time. If you’ve never had XLB before, its one of those foods that you absolutely must try in your lifetime. Inside the dumpling are little pockets of gelatinized broth made from chicken, pork and cured ham. When you steam …

April 28, 2007

Dear Husband….

Dear Husband, Mother’s Day is on May 13th and as a just in case security measure, I’ve installed Microsoft Outlook’s newest upgrade called “Outlook SANS 2.0″ which stands for Spousal Automated Nagging System. How wonderful that Microsoft created such a thoughtful product dedicated to ensuring household chores and important dates like anniversaries, birthdays and holidays […]

April 27, 2007

Thank you Serious Eats!

for featuring Killer Cajun Crawfish as a Serious Eats Required Eating

April 26, 2007

Peking Chicken with Steamed Buns

Oh how I so wish that the title of this post was Peking Duck, not Peking Chicken….sigh….while I’ll go to any lengths to satisfy my cravings, this one was just a little too involved. I mean, I’d have to go buy a frozen duck, defrost it, air-dry in front of a mighty fan for 4 hours, roast it and then eat. By then, my ADHD-like cravings might have gone …

April 25, 2007

Roasted Baby Eggplant with Caponata Sauce

Look what I found at the market yesterday! These were so darn cute, about 4 inches in length – I just had to take some of these bright, shiny baby aubergines home with me. Eggplant season generally starts in June, but one of the perks of living in Florida is that we get produce a little earlier in season due to the warmer weather. The babies were practically begging …

April 24, 2007

Chinese Broccoli (Gai Lan) with Oyster Sauce

        How to buy Gai Lan It’s easy to pick out the best Gai Lan, or to see if it is fresh and tender. Select a bunch, look at the ends of the stalk. If they are dry, crusted and shriveled. Don’t buy. The middle of the stalk should ideally be one […]

April 24, 2007

Can You Spot the Fake Smile?

hint: in one picture i was gritting my teeth, thinking, “take the *&!#?@!!” picture already” Ok, this is totally unrelated to food, spam or sperm. Don’t be too shocked, guys. This is officially classified as a Genuine Time-Waster. In fact, I just created a new category for my posts, because I feel its my duty […]

April 21, 2007

Killer Cajun Shrimp & Crawfish

Ok, I’ve finally written down my recipe for Killer Cajun Shrimp – which is now the ONLY reason I would ever move back to California. (My other reason is no longer valid!) Los Angeles is home to the famous, Killer Shrimp, a restaurant that only serves 1 dish…Killer Shrimp. But you do have choices. You can order Killer Shrimp with Bread, …

April 19, 2007

Espresso con Panna

My 3:00pm caffeine fix: Espresso with a dollop of whipped creme – Espresso con Panna! My routine is even more special with my brand new Bodum Pavina Double Walled Glass. Those are 5 beautiful words which means, “Expensive, breakable, don’t drop me” Just kidding – they weren’t that expensive, about $7 each. They are hand-blown […]

April 19, 2007

Pecan Crusted Tilapia with Honey Glaze

I spent 6 years of my childhood living in North Platte, Nebraska during the 70’s when the local census guy officially determined there were 4 Asians living in the town – me, my brother, mom and dad. Really. Like tax dollars could have been spent on something more useful, like building a cultural center to attract more than just red necks to the town. So, what did the 4 Asian …

April 19, 2007

My First Article for Well Fed Network

I’m now a writer for Well Fed Network! My first article, Big on Base, is featured on www.wellfed.net and www.cooksmarter.net. I’ve been an avid reader of their website and very happy to join their team. I’ve been on the Internet since the days of 14.4 dialup speeds. I used to work for an Internet company […]

April 18, 2007

Fried Rice with Coca Cola Sauce

Yesterday, a reader typed in “Fried Rice with Coca Cola Sauce” in a search engine and landed on my website. (I can tell by the blog stats) Nope. I don’t have that recipe. But hey, it sounds SO interesting and strange that I think I’ll have to just play mad scientist. Has anyone ever heard […]

April 18, 2007

Baking the Perfect Loaf of French Bread

Secrets to Perfect Loaf of French Bread in 3 Hours Usually, my stand-by recipe is the No Knead Bread (because its so darn easy) but it does require you to mix the dough at least 12 hours prior. When I only have a three hours, this is my recipe which is based on trial-and-error from […]

April 17, 2007

Saffron Rice

Here’s another great rice recipe when plain basmati rice just won’t do. The saffon adds such a lovely, bright golden color to the rice, in contrast with the crimson saffron threads dispersed throughout. Saffron rice has a delicate, floral aroma that you can’t duplicate with any other spice. There are 3 secrets making this rice.

Secret #1: Use good quality saffron. Don’t buy the cheap stuff. Everyone says …

April 15, 2007

Pasta with Creamy Cajun Sauce

A few weeks ago, I was doing prepping in the studio kitchen for a class called “Creative Healthy Cooking” for that evening. On the menu were light, fresh dishes such Creamy Corn Soup, Zucchini “Spaghetti” and Roasted Cauliflower. The back restaurant kitchen door swings open, out comes one of the restaurant’s cooks with two steaming hot plates of creamy, yummy, pasta. One for him…and one for not me. They sat right in front of me as I was cutting the kernals off the corn cob for the soup. This was their …

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